QBE appoints Head of Trading for the South East


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QBE Europe has appointed Stephen Johnson as Head of Trading for the South East region, effective from 1st January 2024. 

In the newly created role, Stephen will lead the regional underwriting teams in London and Chelmsford, engaging with broker partners and customers. 

Johnson reports to Andy Fitzgerald, Director UK Regions for QBE Europe and takes on the role from the QBE Property team where he was Underwriting Manager, Commercial Property. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry with previous roles at Chubb, RSA and Brit.

Andy Fitzgerald, Director UK Regions for QBE European Operations, said: “Stephen’s appointment completes the hiring of our Trading Heads across the UK regions and will further support our growth ambitions. The South East is an important region and Stephen’s role will provide additional focus to trading with our broker partners and customers in this location.”

In April and October 2023, QBE Europe increased its broker support through the appointment of Heads of Trading in each of its other regional offices as part of its growth agenda.

The appointments included:

David Round, Head of Trading, Birmingham.

Steve Field, Head of Trading, Bristol.

Chris Long, Head of Trading, Glasgow and Belfast.

Janine Wood, Head of Trading, Leeds.

Stacey Flannery, Head of Trading, Manchester.

In the UK, QBE has regional offices in Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Chelmsford, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, and Stafford.


About QBE

QBE European Operations is part of QBE Insurance Group, one of the world’s leading international insurers and reinsurers and Standard & Poor’s A+ rated. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, QBE’s gross written premium for the year ended 31 December 2018 was US$13.7 billion.

As a business insurance specialist, QBE European Operations offers a range of insurance products from the standard suite of property, casualty and motor to the specialist financial lines, marine and energy. All are tailored to the individual needs of our small, medium and large client base.

We understand the crucial role that effective risk management plays in all organisations and work hard to understand our clients’ businesses so that we offer insurance solutions that meet their needs – from complex programmes to simpler e-trading solutions – and support them in minimising their risk exposures. Our expert risk management and rehabilitation practitioners focus on helping clients improve their risk management so that they may benefit from a reduction in claims frequency and costs.

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